The Rebirth of a Brand best known as Russell

AS stand-up comedian Russell Brand returns to the Playhouse on 10 April with his Re:Birth Tour, he's keen to explain the choice of name.

“It’s called Re:Birth because it is about how I’ve been personally reborn as a result of the birth of my daughter,” he reveals.

The concept of Re:Birth, he insists, is something that applies to everyone, including the people coming to his show.

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“I think that if you’re a parent and you come to see this show the story of the birth of my daughter will be resonant.

“I didn’t realise until I started talking about the birth how many moments were wrenching apart my consciousness as surely because it changes everything.

“It changes how I think of the world; the fact that she is my daughter changes the way I think about gender. And being a father is a massive download, it is a massive reboot. It’s the equivalent of when you turn off your computer by pulling the plug out instead of shutting it down the proper way.

“My whole head feels different and unusual - it has inspired loads of different thoughts.

“It’s also made me look at the last year when I was involved in politics in the UK and beyond that.

“It has made me look at that time differently - it hasn’t made me change my principles or what I believe in - but it’s made me look back differently.

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“There are some very funny old clips in the show - of me on Paxman, me outside Downing Street, funny clips of Donald Trump criticising me - I talk about all that in the context of being a father.

“I also talk about how it feels to be a reformed womaniser in a monogamous relationship and how that’s changed my feelings about sexuality and sex. So the show has got quite a lot in it.”

Russell Brand Re:Birth, Playhouse, Greenside Pl, 10 April, 7.30pm, £31.65-£57.65, 0844-871 3014